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Department for Transport looks to improve East Anglian roads

  • 21 January 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed that a study looking at ways of improving the A47 through Norfolk will also consider the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: “The A47 and A12 are vital roads that give motorists and businesses access through the east of England and I want to ensure both provide the best service possible. These studies will ensure that investment will be targeted where it’s most needed.”

The A47 is the main east-west connection in northern East Anglia, linking Great Yarmouth in the east with Norwich, King’s Lynn and Peterborough to the A1. The A1 provides connections to the Midlands and the North. At Great Yarmouth, the trunk road continues south, as the A12, to Lowestoft.

The A47 Alliance campaign group, comprising local councils, MPs and businesses located along the route, said that a combination of selected dualling, junction improvements and the creation of a third river crossing in Great Yarmouth will create nearly 10,000 more jobs in the next 20 years and boost economic output by £390m per year.

Its campaign site added: “The A47 is part of the Trans-European Network and designated by the British government as a trunk road. However, the poor quality and unreliability of parts of the route means it does not function as the ‘gateway to growth’ it should be.”


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